Saturday, 6 September 2014

Freedom, Beacon of Hope in a Darkening World


Many years ago, a teacher once described freedom to the class as the best of human spirit personified. I agree, though I guess it all depends on an incorrupt spirit and a sense of freedom for everyone, not a select few. 

Whatever, we should never take personal freedom for granted, always resist any efforts by anyone to undermine it, moreover understand and accept that it can mean different things to different people while much the same force for good.

FREEDOM, BEACON OF HOPE IN A DARKENING WORLD

In some parts of the world,
all paths to Freedom are (still) blocked
by power-hungry rulers
living in the lap of luxury where others
go hungry, and can but dream
of running fresh, clean, water from a tap
close to hand

In some parts of the world,
all paths to Freedom are (still) haunted
by fighters who lost battles,
but inspired others to continue the war
against the sickest corruption
in the highest places, best feet forward
in global markets

In some parts of the world,
all paths to Freedom (still) ring out loud
and clear with howls
of protest punctuated with the shrapnel,
gunfire and pride
that, oh, so often accompanies integrity
even in the 21st century

In some part of the world,
all paths to Freedom are (still) haunted
by voices of the dead,
inspiring men, women, and children
who know far better
than their so-called betters how to carry
a flag with pride

In some parts of the world,
all paths to Freedom are (still) littered
with human bones,
and while some have name tags attached,
others are identified only
by category, and one of the categories
is G-A-Y

In some parts of the world,
heterosexuality is promoted true enough
to hot-blooded stereotype,
but while some fall for the honeyed hype
from slyly zealous tongues,
others continue to cultivate a culture
of Freedom for all


Copyright R. N. Taber 2014

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